• Student Achievement Key to Future of Kansas, Not Money

    Student Achievement Key to Future of Kansas, Not Money0

    Dramatically better student achievement is key to the future of Kansas, but sadly, the education lobby and their taxpayer-funded lawyers believe money is what matters.  They want parents to believe that simply meeting their financial demands with huge tax increases will magically improve outcomes and they don’t let facts get in their way. A recent

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  • Kansans Want Schools Held Accountable

    Kansans Want Schools Held Accountable0

    Kansans are sending a strong message to legislators as they prepare for next year’s school funding debates – hold schools accountable.  A statewide public opinion survey conducted by SurveyUSA on behalf of Kansas Policy Institute shows: 78 percent of registered voters say non-instruction services should be provided regionally, with the savings put into classrooms. 70

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  • School Cash Reserves Nearly Triple State Budget Requirement

    School Cash Reserves Nearly Triple State Budget Requirement0

    State legislators are legally required to keep cash reserves equal to 7.5 percent of General Fund spending but the average Kansas school district had nearly three times that level – 19.3 percent – in reserve at the beginning of the 2017 school year.   That disparity should prompt considerable discussion in the upcoming legislative session.  A

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  • Court’s Gannon Ruling Won’t Help Kids

    Court’s Gannon Ruling Won’t Help Kids0

    New data from the Kansas Department of Education provides more stark evidence showing the Kansas Supreme Court Gannon ruling to increase funding won’t help students.   Legislators could give more money to local school boards but they can’t make them spend it effectively or efficiently.  And that’s largely the reason that simply spending more money never has –

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  • Kansas School Spending Hits $13,647 Per Pupil For 2018

    Kansas School Spending Hits $13,647 Per Pupil For 20180

    The Department of Education estimates Kansas school spending will increase by $387.5 million this year and set a new per-pupil record of $13,647.  Total spending of $6.472 billion is also a new record.  The estimate was emailed to Kansas Policy Institute by KSDE Deputy Commissioner Dale Dennis this morning. State aid will jump by $316READ MORE
  • Kansas School Funding Set New Records in 2017

    Kansas School Funding Set New Records in 20170

    Kansas school funding set more new records in the 2017 school year according to data released by the Kansas Department of Education.  Total aid to schools set a new record at $6.084 billion and total aid per-pupil set a record at $13,236.  State aid topped $4 billion for the first time, with per-pupil state aid

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